Darren Ryan Baldwin

MAJ (Ret) Darren Ryan Baldwin, February 8, 1975 ~ December 23, 2021.

Darren Baldwin
Company F1/A4 8 February 1975 – 23 December 2021

Major (Ret) Darren Baldwin (USA SF) won his war peacefully at home on 23 December 2021 after over 16 years of a courageous and valiant battle with Traumatic Brain Injury which he sustained from two IED explosions while serving as a team leader with 10th Special Forces Group in Operation Iraqi Freedom on his second deployment in 2005.

Darren was born in Chicago Ill, raised in Worthington, Ohio where he graduated Worthington Kilbourne High School in 1993. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering.

He was first commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer to Giessen, Germany during which he was sent into combat in Kosovo as part of Task Force Falcon. Following his deployment, Darren continued his military training in the Special Forces Officer Qualification School in Fort Bragg, NC and was selected to serve in the US Army Special Forces in 2003. He was awarded the Bronze Star (2OLC) and the Purple Heart for injuries received in Iraq. He served three tours in Iraq, one in Kosovo and travelled to many other countries while serving as the aide de camp to the US Army Special Forces commanding general at Fort Bragg, NC.

Darren was known for being a loyal, caring, and superior leader. He served with a great sense for duty and with honor. Darren was the epitome of true grit, dedicated to his brethren, always had a “get it done” attitude and most definitely had their “six”. He was a fast tracker in his military career, but his true legacy left with us is that of love, kindness, and perseverance.

Darren grew into a “God, Country, Family” man and over the years he became a devout and faithful Christian. His faith would lead him to find peace and help heal his unseen wounds. His increasing faith deepened his bond with family and friends even further. He became an even more loving son to his parents Fran and Tim, brother to Mark and Veronica and friend to many.

The person Darren loved the most was his adored wife, Bianca. He loved her deeply and referred to her as “the one” whom he met while stationed in Germany. He married the love of his life, his best friend in 2002. Their faith journey together led him to experience a marriage and love in life that made the two become one. He never seized to be grateful to God for having this unconditional and devoted love.

Prior to injury, Darren enjoyed being active in the great outdoors, he liked the mountains and oceans alike. He was an outstanding athlete. He played Lacrosse throughout high school continued to for both West Point and the German national league in Frankfurt, Germany while stationed overseas.

Darren always loved social gatherings whether it was a big party or a small circle of friends. He would light up the room with his electrifying presence and his infectious smile. Music was his soul food and if there was an opportunity to sing karaoke and hit the dance floor, he took it. He was a fun to be around entertainer giving him the nicknames “Hollywood” and “Elvis”.

Darren knew how to embrace quiet times with a good book, classical music, drawing, and would always delight in deep conversations about God and the world. Darren had much appreciation for traveling the world, learning about different cultures and customs.

Post injury some things changed forever but he never lost his faith, courage, witty humor and continued to be a great mentor for many. Quitting or giving in was not an option; his determination to live life was unmatched. A mighty warrior with a brave and kind heart. He never lost the sparkle in his beautiful blue eyes and most importantly, his million-dollar smile became a trade mark for encouragement and inspiration. Darren and his wife became “Team Baldwin” making it possible for him to continue to travel, gather with friends and family, go to concerts, theaters, stay active and on the go, was always up for a good shopping spree and full fill his dream to take his bride to visit West Point with him in 2018.

Although, the world lost an incredible man, leaving a void which cannot be filled who is missed so very much every second of every day, Darren would want us to walk on the bright side of life as he did no matter the challenges.

He’d always say, “I am doing good for the shape I am in!”

Darren would want us to remember about him that his spirit and joyful demeanor has never been confined to a wheelchair. Despite of losing him all too soon, in his 46 years here with us he became larger than life, loved deeper, laughed more, touched and changed thousands of lives all over the world and made us richer and better human beings.

He never lost his zest for life or his desire to serve. For those who truly knew Darren also know he wouldn’t change a thing and do it all over again for God, Country, Family.

Darren is survived by his devoted wife, Bianca Baldwin; his mother, Frances Wesseling (James); his father, Timothy Baldwin (Linda); his twin brother, Mark Baldwin (Meghan); his sister, Veronica Frollini (Dave); his mother-in-law, Rosmarie Kahl; his nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends and brethren.

He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, CPT (USMC) Frank “Yank” and Margaret Baldwin, Frank and Mary Handsel, cousin, “Army” Baldwin, and many brothers in arms.


Company H3/D4 August 19, 1976 – April 29, 2005
CPT Harting of Wilmington, DE died in Diyarah, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated as he and a fellow Classmate (CPT Stephen Frank) were conducting a traffic control point inspection. Jay was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA.s.


Company B4/A2
April 04, 1976 – April 29, 2005

CPT Frank of Lansing, MI, died in Diyarah, Iraq , when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated as he and a fellow Classmate (CPT Ralph Harting III) were conducting a traffic control point inspection. Stephen was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, CA.



Company H3/D4 June 15, 1976 – June 22, 2012

MAJ Paul Voelke, an infantry officer, served in the Army for 14 years and deployed twice each to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and deployed in February as the Executive Officer for the battalion. He had been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Paul married his childhood sweetheart, Traci, and together they had two sons he adored.


Company E4/H4
September 3, 1975 – June 16, 2018

Patrick Gavin Duffy, born in Cortland, NY, lived in Basking Ridge, NJ with his wife Dawn (Kennedy) and sons Justin and Matthew. He was a Managing Director of Network Building & Consulting, a wireless telecommunications company. Patrick worked for NB&C for 13 years. A 1993 graduate of Cortland High School, Patrick was an exceptional student and athlete who was part of the lacrosse program as a cadet at the US Military Academy at West Point. Entering the US Army after graduation, Patrick was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and Fort Drum in Jefferson, NY. A loving husband and father, Patrick was known for his good nature, sense of humor, kind spirit, generosity, gregariousness, success in whatever he set his mind to, and hip swaying Elvis Presley impersonations.